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Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788)

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Charles Wesley
Born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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Categories: Epworth, Lincolnshire | Church of England Priests | Hymn Writers | Methodist Societies Preachers.


Charles was born in 1707. He became a priest in the Church of England. On May 21 1738 he had a conversion experience which changed his life. His well-known hymn "O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise" was probably written during the following year. He joined his brother John, and others, in an evangelical movement that led eventually to the founding of the Methodist Church. Charles Wesley is particularly noted for his work as a Christian poet, and he wrote more than 6,000 hymns. One of his sons, Samuel became a musician and organist, and a grandson of Charles - Samuel Sebastian Wesley - became an organist and composed music for the church. ... Charles Wesley passed away in 1788. [1]


  • Henry D. Rack, ‘Wesley, Charles (1707–1788)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2012 accessed 5 May 2017. This is a subscription site but access is free to readers of British libraries whose library subscribes.
  • "The Methodist Hymn Book Illustrated - The story of the hymns and their writers" - John Telford: The Epworth Press, 1934. [See the notes on Hymn number 1, 263, 339, 386, et al.]
  • Hymn 173
1 JESUS, I believe thee near,
Now my fallen soul restore!
Now my guilty conscience clear,
Give me back my peace and power.
Stone to flesh again convert,
Write forgiveness on my heart
2 I believe thy pardoning grace,
As at the beginning, free,
Open are thy arms to embrace
Me, the worst of rebels, me ;
In me all the hindrance lies;
Called, I still refuse to rise.
3 Vet, for thy own mercy's sake,
Patience with thy rebel have
Me thy mercy's witness make,
Witness of thy power to save.
Make me willing to be free,
Restless to be saved by thee.
4 Now the gracious work begin,
Now for good some token give.
Give me now to feel my sin,
Give me now my sin to leave;
Bid me look on thee and mourn.
Bid me to thy arms return.
5 Take this heart of stone away,
Melt me into gracious tears
Grant me power to watch and pray.
Till thy lovely face appears,
Till thy favour I retrieve.
Till by faith again I live.



  • Hailey Shannon, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Hailey and others.
  1. Entered by Hailey Shannon, Jan 14, 2012
  2. Entered by Laura Lee Scott, May 25, 2014

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